The Daily Dish

The High Cost Plan Excise Tax, or “Cadillac Tax,” is one of the key provisions of Obamacare, both from the perspective of raising revenue and health policy. Beginning in 2018, there will be a tax of 40 percent on the amount of employer-provided insurance that exceeds a threshold. The threshold is set at $10,200 for individuals and $27,500 for family coverage in 2018, but is adjusted upward each year based on the Consumer Product Index (CPI).

State of the Economic Recovery: 5 Economic Indicators to Watch

Last month the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released its first estimate of the growth in real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during the first quarter of 2015. According to the report, real GDP’s annualized growth rate was only a dismal 0.2 percent. So what exactly caused this slow growth in the first three months of the year? Some argue that this low estimate is due to an underlying methodological issue that results in a significant underestimate for the first quarter. However, several economic indicators have decelerated or declined over the last few months, indicating tepid growth in the first quarter. Given the questions surrounding the validity of the last GDP estimate, it is particularly important to examine economic metrics from a variety of sources and analyze their implications for growth.

John Deere Copyright Issues

Where I grew up in the Midwest, the landscape is filled with corn fields, punctuated by the even more distinct green of John Deere tractors. The iconic company has largely stayed out of the news, but this changed recently when it was reported that the manufacturer “told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors.”[1] What the company actually argued is much less egregious than what is being portrayed in headlines, but it did reignite a debate over the future of innovation in America.  Innovation in the 21st century requires community and collaboration, so manufacturers naturally walk a fine line with regard to legal positions and customer communications.

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